School and Community Partnerships

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Piloted in 2013-14 with Isaac A. Sheppard Elementary, and now including Feltonville School of Arts and SciencesFeltonville Intermediate and our newest partner Philip H. Sheridan Elementary PAFA's School and Community Partnership brings all aspects of PAFA’s educational programs for students and families to the Kensington and Feltonville Community.

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During the academic year, every student at every school receives in-class lessons, opportunities to visit the museum, and a chance to contribute to an Art Island project, which is a multi-week collaborative project that allows members of the community to contribute to a permanent art project that will live at the school. Teachers at all grade levels and subjects receive professional development workshops, parents receive free family workshops to help support creativity at home and PAFA partners with other organizations throughout the year to present a number of arts festivals and celebrations for families in the neighborhood.

PAFA is committed to a deep investment with the Kensington and Feltonville communities over many years, working alongside partner teachers, principals, parents and community leaders to use the arts to support critical needs in literacy skills for a largely bilingual community. These programs do not replace the need for qualified art teachers in elementary schools, but work alongside committed professionals to support student learning, parental engagement and visual literacy for all members of the community.

PAFA is also committed to building and strengthening partnerships through the arts and is always interested in hearing from organizations and schools that are interested in joining this effort.

Upcoming Events

Family Arts Academy - Fall 2019 / Academia de Artes Familiares - Otoño 2019

Los talleres mensuales para la Familia de la Academia de PAFA son GRATUITOS, este programa tiene por objetivo incentivar iniciativas para el desarrollo de la educación y el arte en familia. Traigan a toda su familia los domingos por la tarde entre las 2:00pm y las 4:00pm. Los invitamos a hacer arte con artistas locales, aprendan nuevas técnicas artísticas y trabajen en un projecto nuevo cada semana. No se necesita registración.

Domingo 22 de Septiembre 2019 – Como Imprimir Plantas
Empezemos el otoño imprimiendo objetos de la naturaleza. – Si traes tu propia camiseta o tela para decorar, tu podrías llevarte a casa algo que puedes vestir!

Domingo 29 de Septiembre 2019 – Diseñemos Mosaicos
Utilize los diseños y decoraciones del edificio hístorico de PAFA: flores, hojas e incluso partes de máquinas para crear obras artísticas con la antigua técnica del mosaico.

Domingo 6 de Octubre 2019 – Ilusión Optica con Esculturas de Papel
Aprendan trucos fáciles del movimiento Op Art de los años 60’ para crear esculturas con efectos ópticos.

Domingo 13 de Octubre 2019  – Historias Mágicas e Instrumentos Musicales
Disfruten de las historias del artista, narrador y músico Tchin. Deleitece creando instrumentos musicales inspirados en la cultura Nativo-Americana.

Domingo 20 de Octubre 2019 – Paisajes Fantásticos con la Técnica de la Encáustica
Vaya más allá de la superficie del papel y aprenda la antigua técnica de la pintura con cera que transforma fotográfias y crea paisajes fantásticos.

Domingo 27 de Octubre 2019 – Personajes Accidentales
Haga desastres y transformelos en personajes divertidos, perfectos para una tarjeta de Halloween en Noviembre.

Domingo 3 de Noviembre 2019 – Pintando Paisajes Marinos con Tinta Flotante
Cree hemosos paisajes marinos con vibrantes colores usando el proceso de la tinta flotante y el efecto marmol.

Domingo 10 de Noviembre 2019 – Gravado y Tintura
Inspirandose en los gravados que se encuentran en las galerias del museo, diseñe una interesante obra de arte utilizando crayones y tempera, venga a conocer la técnica del gravado y la tintura.

Domingo 17 de Noviembre 2019 –  Impresiones Gigantes con Gelatina
Miremos a través de un lente de engrandimento para ver todas las maravillas que se esconden en la naturaleza, cree con estas imagenes sus propias impresiones en gelatina.

Domingo 24 de Noviembre 2019 – Paisaje en Miniatura 3D
Cuál es tu lugar preferido? la metropolis o un paisaje campestre? Este lugar es real o imaginario? Tu puedes contruir en este taller ese lugar en 3D.

Domingo 1 de Diciembre 2019 – El Arte del Ballet
Venga a disfrutar del Ballet de la Academia Internacional y cree obras de arte inspiradas en el baile y sus movimientos.

Domingo 8 Diciembre 2019  – Oceano sin Playa
Considere la importancia del agua como simbolo en el video de instalaciones de Bill Viola, deseñe su propio auto-retrato con este elemento básico.

Domingo15 de Diciembre 2019 – Atelos juntos
Use colores vibrantes y cuerdas de colores para contar historias acerca de la colaboración y la creatividad en su familia.

2019 - 2020 Partners

The Free Library of Philadelphia: Local branches of the city's library system work with PAFA staff to provide community-based art lessons during out of school time to participating students, families and community members. Workshops are held during after-school hours using a drop in model, with no registration required providing out-of-school settings for families to create together.  

Taller Puertorriqueño: This wonderful community arts partner works with PAFA on professional development opportunities for art educators working in the neighborhood, hosts family workshops and collaborates on a big end of year arts festival for participating schools and families.

Providence Center: Committed to North Philadelphia’s Fairhill community since 1993, Providence Center offers education programming for children, youth, and adults. PAFA partners with them through their after-school program providing art workshops to participating students and families.

Episcopal Communtiy Services: This great Out of School Time Program provides after-school and summer camp services to elementary and middle school students in the diverse Feltonville neighborhood. PAFA partners with them through their after-school and summer program providing art workshops to participating students and families.

COMHAR HOPE: A comprehensive human services organization that implements community centers, community living arrangements, co-occurring behavioral health, addiction and treatment programs for members of the community. PAFA partners with COMHAR's Latino Treatment Program as well as their Allegheny Center. PAFA provides monthly guided Museum Tours as well as art-workshops on-site to participating members.

Mann Older Adult Center: This great city center provides congregate meals, recreation, education, health service, transportation and counseling for older adults in the Fairhill community. PAFA provides Mann's members with art-workshops on-site as well as guided Museum Tours for members and their families.

Baker Industries: A social enterprise, Baker Industries blends a unique mix of hard-to-employ adults into a nonprofit work program.

Art Island - Collaborative Artist Residency

Art Island is a collaborative art-making experience that brings a resident Philadelphia artist into the partner school for several weeks to work intensively with students, parents and teachers on a collaborative, permanent project. 

Art Island at Philip H. Sheridan School - Spring 2019

In response to the school’s request to have a project that would beautify the schools entrance as well as the first floor, artist Matt McKnight worked with students creating personal paper mosaic tiles that were then assembled as a whole and permanently installed creating a colorful and bright greeting into the school.

Art Island at Feltonville Intermediate School - Fall 2016

In response to the school’s request to have a project that would beautify the schools entrance hall – a space frequented by the entire student body as well as all who walk into the school - artist Wayne Kleppe worked with students creating personal flags that were then permanently installed creating a visual unified banner of flags.

         

Art Island at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences - Spring 2016

In response to the school’s request to have a project that responded to their outdoor yard, an area that is frequented by the entire school in the morning, during lunch time and during dismissal; artist Mia Rosenthal, a PAFA alumni, worked with students creating personal symbols, prompted by questions that made students think of their own identity. The symbols were vinyl printed and installed in the schools windows that face the outdoor yard. 

   

Art Island at Julia de Burgos School - Spring 2015

In response to the school’s request to have a project that addressed their lack of library resources, artists Mark Strandquist and Courtney Bowles, part of the People’s Paper Coop artist collective,  worked with students to transform discarded materials into blank handmade books for students to fill with their art, writing, and photography creating “Julia de Burgos Own People's Library.”

  

Art Island at Isaac A. Sheppard Elementary School - Fall 2014

In response to the school’s request to have a project that would enhace their entrance and halls, artist Sandra Gonzalez worked with students creating personal tessellations which were then turned into a large-scale indoor mural transforming the way the school physicaly presents itself to students and visitors.

  

The School and Community Partnership Program is funded by grants from the William Penn Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, and the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, with additional generous support provided by the Fleischner Family Foundation and Dale and Richard Levy.

The Museum Education Van is made possible by a grant from The Snider Foundation.

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